Oak Bluffs town election promises little suspense

An open house will be held on Feb. 1 to go over revised concepts for a new town hall in Oak Bluffs. — MV Times

The Oak Bluffs town election on Thursday, April 14, looks to be more of a group inauguration than an actual election — of the 13 offices up for grabs, only three are being contested.

The most high-profile race is for a seat on the planning board. Incumbent Erik Albert is being challenged for another five-year term by Abe Seiman and William Vrooman.

Mr. Seiman, a member of the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, is also challenging incumbent Lisa Reagan for a three-year stint on the school committee.

Cemetery commissioner Linda Wilson is being challenged by Christopher Gibson for another three-year term.

Among the uncontested races, Gail Barmakian will seek re-election for another three-year term on the board of selectmen. Jack Law will look to retain his gavel as town moderator, James Butterick will seek a three-year term on the Board of Health, and Priscilla Sylvia will look to retain her seat on the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission, an office she has held since the commission was created. Michael Taus and Herbert Kiehn will seek re-election to the Finance and Advisory committee. Newcomer William Vrooman will seek to fill the third seat. Incumbent David Olivera and Colleen Morris will be on the ballot for two constable slots.

Also running unopposed: Richard Combra Jr. (three years on the Parks Commission); William Alwardt (three years on the Wastewater Commission); Duncan Ross (Water District moderator for three years); Michael DeBettencourt (Water District Commission for a three-year term).